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Mastering Fundamentals of Skin Laceration Repair

This informative seminar will cover all options of skin laceration repair including sutures, tissue adhesives, staples, and skin closure tape. Students will be given ample practice time to master techniques and gain the confidence to perform procedures in a clinical or remote setting. For more detailed course information, please scroll down below schedule. 

This class is taught by Jason Jarvis, a former U.S. Army Special Forces Medic with years of accumulated experience as an austere primary care practitioner in resource-poor areas such as Burma and Afghanistan. Based in Seattle, he is currently a traveling medical educator for various organizations across four continents, including the NATO Special Operations Combat Medic Course held in Germany. Besides surgical technique and austere medicine, Jason has a keen interest in tropical medicine, with a published article on malaria, and he will be running a malaria microscopy workshop at next year’s SOMSA conference in North Carolina. When Jason happens to be in the Pacific Standard Time zone, he also teaches ACLS and ACLS renewal classes for CPR Seattle.

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Refunds and transfers are allowed if requests are received more than 7 days before the class start time. Only one transfer per registration will be permitted. Students arriving more than 10 minutes late to class will not receive a certificate of completion or be eligible for refund or transfer.

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Last updated on September 23, 2018.

Date & Time Location Cost Space Available
Wednesday, Feb 6th
9:00am - 1:00pm
CPR Seattle
118 NE 45th Street, Seattle WA 98105
$95 11 Enroll

Wednesday, Feb 6th - $95
9:00am - 1:00pm
118 NE 45th Street, Seattle WA
Spots Available: 11
Enroll

Course Details

Specific suture techniques practiced include:

  • Simple interrupted 
  • Horizontal mattress 
  • Vertical mattress 
  • Dead space closure
  • Running continuous
  • Running interlocking
  • Skin flap closure.

While most of the suture practice will be performed using standard swaged needles, students will also practice using closed-eye needles and hypodermic needles as field-improvised techniques.

Other skills practiced include:

  • Safely loading/unloading size #3 scalpel handles 
  • Proper scalpel holding techniques
  • Proper needle driver holding techniques
  • Working in and around a sterile field 
  • Suture removal
  • Staple removal

Beyond the skills-based topics listed above, a theoretical presentation will be given on the following topics:

  • When and when not to close wounds
  • Needle selection
  • Thread selection
  • Scalpel blade selection
  • Use of basic surgical instruments
  • Sterile technique
  • When to remove sutures
  • Wound debridement and delayed primary closure
  • Tetanus prophylaxis
  • Antibiotic prophylaxis
  • Signs of infection
  • The pharmacology of local anesthetics
  • Basic regional anesthesia
  • Field sterilization of instruments